What happened to my speed?

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No really, what happened to my speed?

I used to be faster. My general running pace was faster. I know it is summer, but it is more than that. I know I’m not one to win races, but I was faster than this. I know I am capable of more. This whole rebuilding is crap at this point. A year ago is when I was running too much and got my stress fracture. I am so far away from that. I know speed is relative. What is fast for me is slow for someone else and vice-versa. I’m not here to bitch about people being faster than me. I am aware that there are lots of people faster than me. This is about my speed, my abilities, what I am capable of.

I want my speed back. I am working toward it. I do my workouts (most of the time). I run easy, I run hard, I log miles. I am tired of being patient. I have a half marathon next weekend that I want need to do decent in just for my own morale. It doesn’t need to be a PR, but I have a number in my head that it does need to be faster than (or I might do something immature and throw a fit).

Chicago Speed

My very first half marathon-NYC 8/16/09

My secret to running fast is running in Chicago. I had a kick-ass last leg at Ragnar and then a really good build-up run while I was in Chicago for work a month later. I am hoping my super Chicago speed comes out next weekend.  This is not my A race, this a test to see where my body is at. I had goals for this year. I have at least reached the “enjoy running again” goal. I am also doing really well on the “stay healthy” goal. And while a 6:30 AM start time sounds terrible, it is summer, it is hot and humid. I would rather be up early and done running before the weather is horrendous.

Half Marathons

After my whining and bitching I realized that my first half marathon was only two years ago and really I have come quite a long way since then. I ran the NYC Half the last time it was in August (yeah, I know, stupid). Since then I have run a full marathon, several halfs, ten milers, some shorter distances, and a Ragnar Relay. By random chance I will run another half almost exactly two years later and I know I am a much better runner than I was then. I am faster, I am smarter and I know what to expect. Who looks that happy at mile 11 of their first half? Me apparently (of course that is where my friends were cheering for me).

Here I come RnR Chicago. You better be a fast course.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I hope the cool weather we’ve had the last couple of days holds for another week so you have great temps to aid your search for speed. Good luck with the half!

    1. Renee says:

      Thanks. I’m hoping for the same. At least with a 6:30 AM start time i will be done running by 8:30ish

  2. jeri says:

    I think that’s why I love running so much, yeah you “compete” against others, but really you’re just competing against yourself. I hope the weather cooperates for the race, but man is it hard to race at all in the summer….. hopefully you can get in a cool fall race to tear up as well! 🙂

    1. Renee says:

      Thanks! I agree. I am viciously competitive with myself. I don’t know why I keep signing up for mid-August races. Fall will come. I just have to be patient.

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